Carla Hinton
Features Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.



Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."



Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter


  • Oklahoma's congressional leaders hold prayer breakfast

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma Congressional delegation recently hosted its 10th annual Oklahoma Prayer Breakfast at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., to pray for Oklahomans and celebrate the proud history and tradition of the Sooner State. About 140 people attended, ranging from Oklahomans visiting the Capitol to native Oklahomans who now work in Washington, a news release from U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said. Former Sen. Don Nickles, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1981-2005, emceed the event, while former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, who served from 1995-2003, also attended. The Oklahoma Congressional delegation includes: Senators Jim Inhofe and Lankford, and Representatives Frank Lucas, Tom Cole, Jim

  • Broadcast news analyst, former beauty queen discusses 'Getting Real'

    Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Gretchen Carlson, a broadcast news analyst and former Miss America, will be among the speakers at the "Loved: The Farewell Tour" Women of Faith conference in Oklahoma City.

  • God & guitars: Oklahoma City church helps connect people to their inner music maker

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Suzuki Strings is made up of year-round classes and sessions in which people from United Methodist Church of the Servant and the Oklahoma City community at large are taught how to play instruments such as the violin, viola, cello and fiddle for a nominal fee. For the first time, two one-week summer camps were offered recently for individuals interested in learning how to play another stringed instrument: the guitar.

  • For Women of Faith speaker Thelma Wells, it's all about the legacy

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Rejoining the Women of Conference ministry for the current farewell tour has been like returning home, said speaker Thelma Wells. The tour will be in Oklahoma City Friday and July 25.

  • Group walks, prays for OKC

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    People walked around the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday in an effort to prepare for an evangelistic effort there in the coming weeks in Oklahoma City. The prayer walk was held in anticipation of the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham, set for Aug. 22-23. About 20 people gathered at the Myriad Gardens just before sunset.

  • 4 private OK colleges lose contraception case appeal

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Oklahoma schools Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Mid-America Christian University lost their case before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to stop enforcement of the federal contraception mandate. The court overturned a lower court's temporary injunction.

  • Oklahoma's Episcopal leader discusses denomination’s gay marriage vote

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    The Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczky, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, said the denomination had been on the path toward such a vote for the past several years, and he voted in favor of the same gender marriage resolution. The resolution will go into effect in November.

  • Little shop of hope

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Claremore, Oklahoma, coffee house is serving up drinks, food and second chances to formerly incarcerated women.

  • Choir prepares for Franklin Graham festival in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Rehearsals for a mass choir and a prayer walk in downtown Oklahoma City are among the events planned leading up to the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham.

  • Veggie tales: Oklahoma City-area Buddhists host festival to share mind, body, spiritual benefits of vegetarianism

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    The abbess of Buddha Mind Monastery in Oklahoma City said her "peaceful diet" translates to a "peaceful mind." That's why foods like avocados and bok choy were stars of the show at the recent Veggie Festival at the monastery.

  • Two churches, one pastor: Hurricane Katrina survivor is now leader of two Oklahoma City-area congregations

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    In June, Nancy McCullough was appointed as senior pastor of Nicoma Park United Methodist Church and Spencer United Methodist Church in Oklahoma. Before going to seminary, she was a longtime schoolteacher, including 25 years in New Orleans before being forced out by Hurricane Katrina.

  • Moving in deep waters of faith: Moore church celebrates outdoor baptisms

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The Highland Baptist Church congregation of Moore, Oklahoma, gathers at Lake Thunderbird in Norman, Oklahoma, for old-fashioned, full-immersion baptisms.

  • Wade in the water ...

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    I was very little but I remember being baptized by Rev. Albritton at Tabitha Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City. I remember being intrigued when I saw people being baptized from the pews but I was a little terrified when it came time for me to get into the baptistery myself. I understood some of […]

  • 'Minute Motivators': Oklahoma pastor, armed forces retiree team up to write inspirational book for military

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Stan Toler and retired Brig. Gen. Robert Redwine wrote "Minute Motivators for The Military: Quick Inspiration for the Time of Your Life." Toler is founder and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma, and Redwine is an SNU graduate.

  • Franklin Graham festival leaders continue ministry classes at Oklahoma City-area churches

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    As the date for Oklahoma City's Good News Festival with Franklin Graham nears, more activities bringing together metro-area churches are planned.

  • Popular Women of Faith speakers are saying 'farewell' on last tour

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Women of Faith will bring "Loved: The Farewell Tour" to Oklahoma City on July 24-25. In 20 years, the Women of Faith conference ministry made popular by Luci Swindoll, Patsy Clairmont, Thelma Wells, Sheila Walsh, Marilyn Meberg and others has spoken to more than 5 million women around the world.

  • Edmond First Baptist plans flag plaza dedication, picnic

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    First Baptist Church of Edmond will dedicate a new flag plaza Saturday at the church, 1300 E 33rd St.

  • Oklahoma City philanthropist shares tips on living a 'joy-filled life'

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Oklahoma City businesswoman and philanthropist Mo Anderson, known for her kind heart and generous spirit, shares wisdom and "Mo-Mentum Builders" in her new book, "A Joy-Filled Life: Lessons From a Tenant Farmer's Daughter ... Who Became a CEO" (Tate Publishing).

  • Pastor, parishioners' monthly stop at Oklahoma City eatery combines waffles and the Word

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Price Oswalt combines his love of waffles and the Word by inviting his parishioners at St. Joseph Old Cathedral to join him for a monthly stop at Waffle Champion, 1212 N Walker in Oklahoma City.

  • Priest has eye on downtown parish, plus Warr Acres chapel

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Price Oswalt, pastor of St. Joseph Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City, opened Holy Innocents Chapel next door to Outpatient Services for Women in a small office complex in Warr Acres in 2013.




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Carla Hinton Tue, Aug. 25 2015 07:09:01 PM CST I'm at the Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice's award dinner for UCO Prez Don Betz. Event is at the Skirvin.
Carla Hinton Tue, Aug. 25 2015 05:02:27 PM CST Waiting on the NBA season to start. #Basketball
Carla Hinton Mon, Aug. 24 2015 02:03:43 PM CST Roman Catholic leader offers statement on death of Mark Costello: Carla Hinton[img width="" height="" style=""... http://t.co/2eMOPqAGIJ
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:19:56 PM CST I got to go backstage and chat with recording artist Michael W. Smith for a bit. Story coming soon. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:14:51 PM CST RT @BGEA: .@Franklin_Graham those who came up front: "God already knows you're a sinner. He just wants to hear you say it." #okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:11:55 PM CST RT @BGEA: .@Franklin_Graham to those in their seats: "Don't let pride hold you back." Watch: http://t.co/GYnT3EV4HD #okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:08:39 PM CST Altar call is a sight to see. Kids, grey - haired folks and everybody in between are on the Chesapeake floor. #okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 05:09:22 PM CST The mass community choir is singing now at the Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:53:00 PM CST Gov. Fallin issued proclamations naming Franklin Graham an honorary citizen of Oklahoma and this as Good News Festival weekend.#okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:49:23 PM CST Gov. Mary Fallin is at the podium sharing her thoughts here at the Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:42:33 PM CST Anita Bryant is introducing Gov. Mary Fallin here at the Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:41:19 PM CST Anita Bryant has taken the stage here at the Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:36:13 PM CST Crowd seemed to enjoy worship with the group All Sons & Daughters. Dignitaries are arriving it seems. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:00:04 PM CST Watch the OKC Good News Festival live at http://t.co/7mBfy7snU2 live starting right now. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 03:50:13 PM CST A1200-voice mass choir is in the house! These are members of the community singing @Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 03:40:36 PM CST RT @BGEA: Our live stream from the #okcgoodnews Festival starts now. Tune in: http://t.co/GYnT3EV4HD
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 03:31:42 PM CST I'm back at Chesapeake Energy Arena for Good News Festival w/Franklin Graham. People said they came straight from church. #OKCGOODNEWS
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 22 2015 08:53:23 PM CST People have responded to Franklin Graham's altar call ... they are still coming down to the floor of the Chesapeake. #OKCGOODNEWS

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